Sopcast Filter was a free tool for the media streaming and broadcasting application Sopcast which enabled streams in the Windows Media Player.
Sopcast is a free Internet TV client that can be used by users worldwide to watch TV on their computer systems. Most of the TV stations that get broadcast by Sopcast are in Chinese language, but since anyone can create broadcast stations, you find other language stations available as well temporarily or even permanently.
The product is still very popular in many other countries as these channels tend to show live sports events that might not be shown in the country they are taking place.
Sport is of course not the only thing that gets streamed by Sopcast, but it is one of the most important ones as it can be watched easily even when turning sounds down.
And if you ever watched a match in Chinese television without speaking Chinese, you will understand that your best option is to turn the sound off and enjoy the match quietly instead.
Sopcast users can use the software to view available TV shows directly. The interface of the software has been translated to English and provides the means to browse and search the available channels.
Some users probably prefer to use another video player to view Internet TV. Sopcast is offering an application called Sopcast Filter which enables Windows Media Player users to tune in into Sopcast streams and watch the shows in the video player instead.
The disadvantage of this method is however that the channel list is not available in Windows Media Player. Sopcast TV channels can be opened from the Open URL menu in Windows Media Player which means that users need the url of the show before it can be watched. Those information can be found in the original Sopcast player or from websites that post those links regularly.
Not very comfortable but the history function of Windows Media Player makes it easier to access the same channels again at a later time. Users who are interested in watching TV on their PC can also take a look at our PC on TV guide which list some alternatives to Sopcast.
Note: Sopcast Filter appears to be no longer available. The main Sopcast client can still be installed. Please be aware though that it offers to install the Sopcast Toolbar powered by Ask on the system. You can uncheck the options though so that it does not get installed.
You can set a different media player in the Sopcast interface. To do so click on Options > General, and switch to use my own media player. Here you need to select the player that you want to use, e.g. Windows Media Player or VLC Media Player by browsing to its location on the hard drive and selecting the executable file.
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